Our patent valuation practice combines legal, technical, financial and industry analysis to provide clear and realistic input for our clients looking to buy, sell or license patent portfolio assets, as well as to optimize their own patent portfolios.
We have developed an analytical framework that starts with broad-based product, technology and strategic research and aligns it with our legal analysis of patent claim elements. Based on this alignment, we conduct one or more quantitative analyses depending on our client’s particular situation or proposed transactions. Our quantitative analyses utilize comparable transactions, size of the addressable market, resources required to achieve results, as well as the probabilities of various outcomes. Our qualitative analyses can also include review of the relevant prior art and the development of a technology timeline so that proper context is provided for the target portfolio. Our approach provides more insight and is more useful than automated programs that rely on facile metrics, such as the number of times a patent is cited by other patents, since mere statistical tools avoid claim-level analysis entirely. For example, statistical tools do not inform a potential buyer if the claims in a patent cover obsolete technology.
Our patent valuation team is part of one of the largest and most respected patent prosecution and litigation practices in the U.S. We have technical backgrounds in a wide array of relevant fields, as well as transactional lawyers well-versed in market trends and experienced in closing patent-related business deals of all types. Our in-house research staff provides efficient support. We also maintain a broad and deep network of subject matter experts, financial analysts and international affiliates to assist with particular aspects of each engagement.
Our patent valuation advice is delivered in a variety of formats depending on our client’s business and legal requirements. Many clients ask us to deliver working valuation models in spreadsheet form, supported by relevant data, so that the client can perform what-if scenarios and easily adjust valuation assumptions. We have also provided a range of valuation graphs and diagrams, memoranda and presentation slides. Online secure databases enable our clients to work collaboratively with the data we provide, and these databases are becoming popular with our clients.
Our patent valuation team has advised business of all sizes, including several of the world’s top technology companies, in their intellectual property strategy and patent transactions. In the course of this work, we have found that:
- Performing valuation analyses on a client’s own patent portfolio can help determine which patents might be maintained, licensed or enforced. It can also show corporations the potential return on investment for their patent portfolios.
- Performing valuation analyses on others’ portfolios can inform and help drive business decisions on whether to acquire, license or avoid those portfolios.
- Prior art searching provides key perspective to valuation analysis and may identify assets for potential acquisition.
- Patent categorization and mapping can determine alignment of the client’s portfolio with current products as well as identify important gaps.